Drastic measures need to be taken to ensure that Koala bears do not soon become extinct. Koala Bears are losing their habitat at alarming rates. What used to be prime Koala Bear habitat is now becoming destroyed. It’s time that we all stood together to stop this process that could lead to extinction for the Koala Bears.
It is estimated that there are now only 80,000 or less Koala Bears left in the wild. In fact, this number is too low to continue a healthy new generation. The biggest threat to Koala Bear existence in the wild is the clear-cutting of their eucalyptus forest. Another threat is the degradation of the water and nutrients that Koalas need to survive.
Only 41 of the 128 protected Koala habitats are populated, according to the Australian Koala Foundation. This is an extremely small number in a very concentrated area. It is possible that just one disaster could quickly wipe wild Koala off of planet earth.
Calling On Australian Prime Minister To Step In
In a letter to the Australian Prime Minister, Deborah Tabart, AKF chairman wrote, “I know the Australian public are concerned for the safety of koalas and are tired of seeing dead koalas on our roads. I am calling on the new prime minister after the May election to enact the Koala Protection Act (KPA) which has been written and ready to go since 2016.”
Biologist Christine Adams-Hosking of the University of Queensland feels the Koalas are not as bad off as it sounds. Adams-Hosking said “Australia is a big country. There are koalas all over the place and some of them are doing fine. You can’t just make that statement broad-brush. At the rate of habitat clearing that is going on, we are going to see increased local population extinctions.”
Let’s Do What It Takes Assure Koalas Don’t Loose More Of Their Habitat
Whatever the case may be, we as a human species need to bond together and do what it takes to assure that the Koalas not only survive but thrive. Reports of possible upcoming extinction for the Koala Bear need to be taken seriously. Koala Bears need their habitats in order to survive.